School Improvement in Maryland

Using the State Curriculum: Reading/ELA, Grade 8

Reading/ELA | Informational | Literary | Writing | Language | Listening | Speaking

Sample Assessments: Each sample assessment item gives an idea of how an assessment item on the MSA might be presented. The items appropriately measure the content of the State Curriculum and may be formatted similarly to those appearing on the MSA; however, these are sample items only and have not appeared on any MSA form.

Standard 3.0 Comprehension of Literary Text

Indicator 6. Analyze and interpret important ideas and messages in literary texts

Objective d. Reflect on and explain personal connections to the text

Assessment limit: Connections between personal experiences and the theme or main ideas

Selected Response Item

Read this passage titled 'Deliverance' and answer the following questions. Circle the letter of the correct answer.

After reading this passage, a reader might think about—

  1. being in risky situations
  2. taking well-known advice
  3. the challenge of the outdoors
  4. the benefits of physical fitness
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Correct Answer:
A

Assessment limit:
Connections between personal experiences and the theme or main ideas

Resources for Objective 3.A.6.d:
Lesson Seeds | SAMPLE ASSESSMENTS |